This week on social: How to find ‘purpose and direction’ in a complex world

Church leaders posted on social media about being Christ’s disciples, avoiding comparison and the power of prayer

During the last week, Church leaders have shared messages and invitations on social media about about being a better disciple of Jesus Christ, avoiding comparison, the power of prayer and other topics.

A member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, posted a video about eternal perspective on Oct. 9. He tweeted, “You may not be able to see the entire picture just yet, but one day you will look back and know that the Lord did indeed direct and guide your path.”

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote on Facebook of his recent time in Albania. On Oct. 13, he said the message he shared was a simple one:

“In a world that grows increasingly complex and even confused, an individual personal covenant connection with the Lord Jesus Christ will provide the strength, the purpose and the direction that is so much needed,” he said.

On Oct. 13, Sister Rebecca L. Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shared a personal missionary story on Facebook about discipleship. She asked, “How can we show the world that we are followers of Jesus Christ?”

Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson on Oct. 12 said on Facebook, “Comparisons are odious.” She said her grandmother taught her that phrase when she was young. President Johnson explained that individuals must focus on divine identity.

Elder Bednar tweeted, “Susan [Sister Susan Bednar, his wife] and I met with about 20 [United Nations] diplomats and representatives of global organizations in Switzerland on Saturday night to express appreciation for their ongoing collaboration with [the Church] on humanitarian projects around the world.” The Oct. 10 post was accompanied by a picture of Elder Bednar and diplomats and representatives.

On Oct. 9, Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, posted on Facebook about questions and answers between Heavenly Father and His children. “I have found that there is purpose and power in the seemingly small and simple strivings of daily discipleship,” she said. She encouraged all to seek counsel from living prophets, seers, and revelators, as well as making and keeping sacred covenants.

On Facebook, Young Men General President Steven J. Lund shared a message of prayer. He described it as a power available to all who utilize it. “Prayer grants unto us all what is actually a miraculous gift⁠ — the chance to receive guidance,” he said.

Sister Kristin M. Yee, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, expressed gratitude for others sharing their own experiences via Facebook. She said, “I know His healing power is real and that He has provided a way for each of us to receive the personalized help and healing we need.”

The first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, Sister J. Anette Dennis, followed up on the story she shared in general conference about Jack, his hunting dog Cassie and the process of healing. She said, “As we follow the example and counsel of the Master Healer, Jesus Christ, we need to have patience as we love and minister to others, trusting that healing is slowly taking place from the inside out through the power of our Savior’s Atonement.”

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